I had a great two-night stay in the Shepherd's Wagon, and loved the wonderful grounds, the private fishing water on the Crystal River across the road (added, unadvertised benefit!), and especially the great hot springs.
The setting is magnificent! And the pools are a lot nicer than others I've been to (like Ojo Caliente in New Mexico). Uncrowded, nice pebbled bottom, clear water. I am definitely planning another trip to Avalanche Ranch!
The only reason I didn't give them five stars is that I had to go outside at 1:30 in the morning to ask a large group of fellow guests to keep it down. (A big group of families rented most of the ranch and was enjoying a variety of libations, and their conversation woke me up.)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 13 cozy log cabins, tastefully appointed, and a 3 bedroom Ranch House. Located on 36 acres 12 miles S. of Carbondale, CO. Spectacular mountain views! Hot Springs on site, stocked pond, riverfront, ice-skating, snowshoes provided. Great venue for family reunions, retreats, weddings and romantic getaways! Pet friendly. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Avalanche Ranch Hotel Carbondale